Does anyone else think it’s a bit odd that the Motorola Droid 3 has only been out a couple of months and we’re already seeing the Droid 4 pop up? Ok, so maybe it’s not all that surprising. Oh, the life of an Android phone. Either way, those of you who crave the QWERTY-toting handset Android line, Verizon and Motorola have your back.
The handset itself looks pretty nice but it’s hardly something we haven’t seen before. A large display paired with a keyboard with hard edges to give it that masculine Droid look and feel. Still, this time around, the evolution of the handset has never looked better.
Specs include :
- 4? screen (assuming Super AMOLED Advanced)
- Full 5-row “illuminated” keyboard
- RAZR styling
- 4G LTE
- Non-removable battery
- Android 2.3.5
- 1080p video recording (assuming 8MP)
- Front camera
- HDMI out
- MotoACTV syncing
The specs include some nice additions, some not so nice additions, and some things missing that we wish were present. First up, the 5-row keyboard looks better than ever and very usable, which should make those who love a QWERTY keyboard melt. And, while I’m pretty picky when it comes to my physical keyboard (symmetry, please), I doubt I’d have many complaints about this one. The addition of LTE and RAZR-esque look should also perk up the ears of some would-be Droid 4 owners.
What we don’t like is that the battery isn’t removable and that it looks like it won’t ship with Ice Cream Sandwich. While the latter will surely happen in the future, power users may not like the fact that you can’t replace the battery. Having a handset with a non-removable battery and LTE support is a scary thought.
The processor powering the handset is still in question but we wouldn’t be surprised if it shares the same TI OMAP 1.2GHz dual-core CPU found in the upcoming RAZR but we certainly wouldn’t complain if it shipped with the TI OMAP 4470, either. We can wish, can’t we?
So what do you think so far? Is the Motorola Droid 4 something you’d consider from what you see here?